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E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds

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A recent Delvinia report could lead to the introduction of Internet voting across all levels of government in Canada.

The report, which surveyed online voters after they cast ballots in last year's municipal elections, found that 99 percent of online voters in Markham, Ontario, were satisfied with the voting process and would likely vote online in future municipal elections and would prefer an online voting option for future provincial and federal elections.

The Delvinia report also found that most users were not concerned about security or privacy issues. "The significance of Markham's decision to implement Internet voting is more than increasing voter turnout and accessibility, but also about paving the way for other governments to follow," says Delvinia CEO Adam Froman.

Since Markham introduced online voting in 2003, more than 50 cities across Canada have implemented similar systems, reaching 1.8 million electors, says Carleton University Ph.D. candidate Nicole Goodman. Although people aged 45 to 54 were the most likely group to make use of online voting, the study also found that 40 percent of voters aged 18 to 24, who identified themselves as occasional or nonvoters, were encouraged to vote because of the online ballot.

From Computerworld Canada
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